Netflix recently released a new poster for Season 2 of Stranger Things alongside a teaser clip, a season description and a new premiere date (October 27th).
Obviously, the poster and the clip below don’t really give us enough to go on when it comes to speculating on where the show is going to be heading. But that’s not going to stop me trying.
Wild Speculation based on the Poster & Teaser
Far bigger than the Demogorgon, there is something positively Lovecraftian about this new beastie. What interests me about the monster, however, isn’t its size but its position. It’s above the skyline in fiery red clouds. The Demogorgon was very much in the Upside-Down a place with far less colour. This makes me wonder if this creature isn’t coming from the Upside-Down but from another dimension. There is no real evidence to think this, I’ll admit, but the whole red clouds look is a very different visual aesthetic to the Upside-Down of Season 1. We’ve already caught a quick glimpse of the creature in the previous trailer, but the poster puts it front and centre.
It’s also intriguing that all four kids are racing towards Hawkins as the sky opens above them. Eleven is not part of the group. It’s a stretch, but I wonder if Eleven is in the damsel in distress role that Will had in the first season. This would mean the boys are racing towards danger to save her, which is very much in keeping with the themes of the first season. Alternatively, it could mean that all four of the children have been dragged into another dimension and are frantically trying to find their way back.
This is in contrast to the previous season trailer, where we briefly see three of the kids dressed as ghostbusters cycling furiously down the lane.
The season description was essentially just a timeline:
1953, date unknown – MKUltra comes to Hawkins and begins experimentation
1979, Police Chief Jim Hopper returns to Hawkins
1983, November 6 – The vanishing of Will Byers
1983, November 8 – The vanishing of Barbara Holland
2016, July 15 – Part 1
2017, October 27 – Part 2
There isn’t much you can take from this. What’s interesting to me is the reference to Jim Hopper coming to Hawkins. It was clear in Season 1 that Hopper had an interesting back story. I’m wondering if this reference to his arrival in Hopkins suggests that Season 2 will delve a little deeper into his past. I’ve heard other’s speculate that the story line will involve his daughter. I’d be surprised if this was the case. The death of his daughter was a key part of his personality and his arc in Season 1. They wouldn’t strike at such a strong character core in Season 2. It’s more likely that he will become more of a surrogate father to Eleven. Or rather, that she will become a surrogate daughter to him.
I’m pretty sure the Barb reference is just throwing the Barb fans a bone. Sorry guys, she’s dead.
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